Does your business hear those crickets chirping in January, February and even March?
If you are like most photographers you get slammed with business during fall, only to have everything come to a screeching halt as Santa heads out to deliver those photo gifts.
So how can you plan for that dead period right after the holidays?
We have a smart and effective way to add some extra cha-ching in your Christmas stocking and to get sessions on the books for those sloooooooow days of winter.
We all have those clients that need a gift in a pinch. Hello, every dad everywhere.
Why not be prepared with gorgeous, prepackaged gift certificates lined up and ready for clients to add-on as they come in for fall sessions?
Go the extra mile, take a photo of your beautiful prepackaged gift certificates and post about them on your blog, social media outlets, and even in your newsletter.
What You Need
A Design Aglow Show & Sell Kit (Or your favorite 5x7 frames)
4x6 or 5x7 Blank Gift Certificates
How to Sell
Frame your gift certificates and style them with pretty ribbons and packaging, ready for gifting. Then, stage a photoshoot for your new product. Market your gift certificates and be sure to highlight their thoughtfulness.
Ideas for social media posts:
“Treat mom with the beautiful family session she always wanted. Your Studio Photography’s Framed Gift Certificates make the perfect, thoughtful gift this holiday season”.
“Need a last minute gift for that special someone? We now offer beautifully framed gift certificates for newborn, maternity, and family photo sessions.”
You can offer gift certificates for any amount. You can also make certificates for a specific package (think January mini session), a product (like a framed 11x14 with your session), or a percentage off (30% off sessions before March 2015).
Pre-package your frames all at once for an easy and quick holiday sale! Or give each one as a gift with a purchase over $x so your best clients can give to their friends.
Dear Ashley and Graham circa 2008,
Your business will not live and die by social media. You're going to be tempted to put more time into Facebook and Instagram than you do into in-person relationships because it will feel like that's what everyone else is doing; it will feel like the only way to keep up. Resist that temptation. Resist the urge to jump on the ever changing hamster wheel of social media. When you get on that hamster wheel it will feel like you're running as fast as you can and getting nowhere. And that's exactly where sinking unscheduled, unintentional time into social media will get you: nowhere.
Next to framed art, albums are a favorite, no-brainer product you should be offering every client. Albums are the one product that truly stands the test of time and will be treasured for generations to come. Not long ago, album design went a bit “photographers-gone-wild” with acrylic, metal, and even fur covers. Remember that panoramic ultra-wide album fad?
Luckily the tide has turned back to favoring a classic, luxury presentation.
Netflix. HBO. & Hulu.
That could be about 70% of my off season. The time a friend introduced me to Game of Thrones was the most epic two months of my life (sorry adulthood). BUT, the keyword in that first sentence is “could be”. My biggest love during off season is stepping out of my living room for a travel adventure.